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17 June 2012, 11:09 pm
German Sailors Take Leading Kieler-Woche Roles
Finn class leader Deniss Karpak (EST)
Finn class leader Deniss Karpak (EST)

Kieler Woche
Kiel, Germany

The German Olympic sailors have taken leading roles at Kieler-Woche, the final ISAF Sailing World Cup Regatta, with three crews leading the way in their classes in Kiel, Germany.
After a slow start on Saturday Laser Radial sailor Franziska Goltz from Kiel leads the way with Simon Grotelueschen at the top in the Laser. Ferdinand Gerz and Patrick Follman also lead the way in the Men's 470 whilst Annika Bochmann and Elisabeth Panuschka, who missed out on a London 2012 spot, lead the Women's 470.

Simon Grotelueschen had a perfect day, defending the lead in the Laser in strong winds. With two starts and two first place finishes he replaces his sparring partner Philipp Buhl at the top of the Laser leader board.

But nonetheless Buhl had a strong day with second and third place. "I am looking forward to the Gold fleet races, when the field is even twice as strong." said Grotelueschen, who praised his sparring partner for being such a strong sailor. "This was perfect for me. By this comparison with him, I could improve and get as far as this. But I guess, he can say the same thing."

On her home territory, Goltz is now finding some form ahead of the Olympic Games after she recorded a 1-4-2 on the second day of sailing following an exciting duel with Tatiana Drozdovskaya (BLR). Lisa Fasselt (GER) is third.

Gerz and Follmann continued the trend of the first racing day, where the 470 sailors became better and better during the day. Having sailed together only one and a half years in the 470, Gerz/Follmann have improved a lot. "We have always been good in strong winds, now we need the same continuity in light winds," Follmann said happily about the wind conditions on Sunday.

The French sailor Damien Seguin has taken the lead in the 2.4mR, followed by Thierry Schmitter (NED) and Hanns Asklund (SWE). The 49ers were dominated by the British duo of James Peters and Ed FitzGerald, followed by Erik Heil and Thomas Ploessel from Berlin. Germany's Olympic starters Thomas Schadewaldt and Hannes Baumann from Kiel take the third place. In the Finn, Deniss Karpak is in the lead, followed by the Australian Brendan Casey and America's Caleb Paine.

Kieler-Woche Website

Hermann Hell
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